It's only recently dawned on me that I *may* have Lyme and could have got it when travelling.
One day I had some bad flu like symptoms and thought that I might take some anti biotics as I had some for travelling, but decided not to, but for some reason felt like I should have taken them.
Shortly after, I experienced a rapid pulse, and I mean rapid. I must admit it was made worse by my panicky state, as I didn't know what the hell was happening to me and freaked right out. I went to ER cos it was going very quick.
Now, over the past six months I have the following symptoms:
* rapid pulse / episodes of tachycardia on a number of occasions (Been to ER 3 x over it, gets up to and over 160bpm sometimes, less when I don't stress over it) * occasional pounding heart beat when at rest * dizziness * vertigo * balance issues * sinus issues and ear pain * eye pain * dialated pupils at times * weird swoosh in ears * muscle aches * spasms * my underarms ache * chest pain * neck aches * joint pain, mainly knees and shoulders * hot and cold flushes * anxiety over my symptoms * flu like symptoms for 6 months + * tension headaches * urgently needing to go to the bathroom * indigestion * belching * vivid dreams * muscle weakness * tingles and weakness on my face + fingers * abdominal pain * chostocondritis (which doc said is caused by infection) * forgetting simple words * brain fog
....to name a few.
I have seen a cardiologist, everything was fine other than a minor murmur which he said was very common and wouldn't cause any of this. I never had a murmur before.
He said I've had runs of SVT but they can be caused by infections, and stress. I have been to ER and my ECG and everything is always normal, been tested for H. Plyori, PE's, Thyroid issues, etc etc. Always negative.
I had an endoscopy done and the doc said my left atrium was slightly englarged, that can be a sign of infection in the body, however they said nothing more.
The docs keep telling me it's anxiety, however I know it's not! Look at the facts! I do admit at first I got very panicky over my symptoms when they started, but they always started first! Now I just get annoyed by my symptoms.
Now, I'm still fighting for an answer as my symptoms persist, most annoying is rapid pulse which only happens every now and then and my headaches and aches and pains, which are everyday. Often when walking I get the rapid pulse. I'm told I'm a fit and normal 22 yo...I don't feel like it!
Have had lots of blood tests, everything comes back in normal range however recently I saw that my minerals were a bit funky, which confused me a lot because I've been putting in heaps of effort to make sure I was eating very balanced, yet it showed my minerals were all over the place...it led me to think of some kind of bacteria which may be feeding off me.
I was living in Scotland for 6 months and we had a lot of mice in our apartment that crept out at night in the winter. I remember once seeing a mouse on my bed and freaking out and cleaning my bed. We had lots of mice, and they always got out under my bed. Tried so hard to get rid of them! Since remembering that, I was worried I may have gotten Lyme or an infection off the mouse. I know they're known to carry the disease and also ticks.
Am I completely mad?
I have since moved back home to Australia and am searching out a specialist just incase. Some of the universities here can test for it and I'm getting a test done this week.
I'm nervous that they'll miss it though as Lyme is fairly rare in Aus at the moment. There are cases of it though.
Thanks for reading!
Posts: 51 | From Australia | Registered: May 2010
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I sure hope they have a good lab in Australia.. because you are right... it could miss the diagnosis.
And yes, the mice could be the main problem here. So sorry you are suffering so.
Keep searching until you get help!!
PS>.. you could have bartonella.. research that one too
-------------------- --Lymetutu-- Opinions, not medical advice! Posts: 95813 | From Texas | Registered: Feb 2001
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Unfortunately, it isn't rare anywhere at the moment; the only reason you hear that is because there's a coverup. A lyme-literate doctor (don't know if they have those in Aus) would have you on intense treatment .
You should check out these links as well as those at the bottom of my page:
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The last Aussie I read about went to the US to get treatment. I believe they also got tested by Igenex.
-------------------- Suspected Lyme 07 Test neg One band migrating in IgG region unable to identify.Igenex Jan.09IFA titer 1:40 IND IgM neg pos 31 +++ 34 IND 39 IND 41 IND 83-93 + DX:Neuroborreliosis Posts: 5850 | From Kentucky | Registered: Dec 2008
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you sound JUST like me! i am sorry you feel this way
do you consume diet drinks or products containing artificial sweetners like aspartame? cutting aspartame out of my diet definitely hasn't healed me, but it has helped some, and i totally reccommend it!
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